The golden age of the reboot may be fading, but Hulu is trying at least one more with how i met your fathera CBS spin-off how I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) aired from 2005 to 2014.
The new series just wrapped up its 10-episode season 1, but the show’s creators are already talking about filming season 2 this summer. If that schedule stays on track, viewers might be able to watch the second season before the end of the year.
Hulu is looking to bring the fan favorite HIMYM from its popularity in the mid-2000s to the current era with how i met your father, which follows a similar trope of optimist love interest Sophie (Hilary Duff) on her quest to meet The One – similar to Ted Mosby’s journey in the original series. She’s joined by a cast of five other new friends she makes along the way, and recounts the group’s storytelling escapades from the year 2050 (played in the future by Kim Cattrall.)
HIMYF is set in New York City in the year 2022, which at first glance might seem to put it beyond the scope of the original show. However, HIMYMThe many flash-forward scenes of allow for a good amount of potential character overlap – including the cameo that Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) makes in the HIMYF Season 1 finale.
Hulu Pushes For “HIMYF” Season 2 Quickly
In February, Hulu renewed HIMYF for a much longer season 2, commanding 20 episodes for the second effort. The show is Hulu’s first multi-camera comedy, TVLine reports, and apparently the streaming giant wanted to give a big vote of confidence for the show’s future potential.
HIMYF Creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger told TVLine in a later interview that they “hope to be back in production” for the show’s second season as early as “this summer.” Aptaker and Berger are currently co-showrunners on NBC It’s us, which ends its sixth and final season in May. When the curtain closes on the Pearson clan, the showrunners can focus on the sequel again to HIMYF.
The creators of the show have not guaranteed any release details for the upcoming HIMYF installment, but Berger told TVLine that Hulu “wants us to return to the service as soon as possible.”
The fast filming schedule could be to quell the critics of season 1
Aptaker and Berger are excited about what an increased number of episodes could do for HIMYF. According to Berger, they have a lot of fodder that they couldn’t use in Season 1 due to the shorter episode count. The two also hope to have more standalone episodes that allow characters to develop more deeply, rather than rush the plot.
“It will give us a chance to let our mystery breathe and make episodes that are more about everyone hanging out and having a wild night together,” Aptaker told TVLine.
Hulu seems to have all the faith in the show’s potential, but critics and viewers have been largely critical of the show’s first season. Rotten Tomatoes reviews gave Season 1 a measly 36% approval rating. Viewer ratings are only marginally better at 54%. The Hollywood Reporter called it a “pale imitation” of its predecessor. It’s also been dubbed “one of the most downright disorienting series in recent memory” by Variety, thanks to its references to modernity that still feel a bit stale.
It’s entirely possible that moving quickly to Season 2 will give the cast a chance to endear themselves to fans and overcome initial stumbles. As it stands, the show still has plenty of fans excited to hear that Sophie will have at least 20 more episodes to tell her son how she met his father. “It’s awesome! It’s still early days, but I think this show could be something,” a fan wrote on Twitter. Others wrote that it was a satisfying sequel to HIMYM. And given that HIMYM viewers stuck for nine seasons, current fans might be in for a legendary ride too – wait for it – dary.